Selected Cases

To show you what we can do, we have selected a few of cases below – from success stories, new productions in development and our up-coming international productions. 

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SUCCESS STORIES

Our success stories throughout the years are too many to be featured here, but these are a selected few from recent years.

 

A man called Ove nominated for two Oscars 2017

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove), produced by SF Studios, was nominated for two Oscars at the Academy Awards gala on February 26th, 2017. Best Foreign Language Film and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2016

A MAN CALLED OVE won the award for EUROPEAN COMEDY and THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI won the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY AWARD at the EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2016

THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, is nominated as the Finnish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars. The film also won the Un Certain Regard competition in Cannes 2016. The film is inspired by real events and tells the story of Olli Mäki, the first Finn ever to fight for the world championship in featherweight boxing, who lost the match humiliatingly in the second round by knock out in front of a packed stadium in the sixties. According to Mäki it was the best day of his life. The film is produced by Jussi Rantamäki for Aamu Filmcompany Ltd and co-produced with Nordic major SF Studio’s producer Nicklas Wikström Nicastro.

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove is the third most seen Swedish feature film in modern times. Today, the film has been seen by more than 1,7 million people in Sweden, making it one of the most viewed films in Scandinavia of all times. It was nominated for six awards at the Swedish Guldbagge Gala in 2016, where it received the Public Choice Award and two Guldbagge Awards. A Man Called Ove is based on the bestselling book by Fredrik Backman, and is directed by the successful Nordic screenwriter and director Hannes Holm. The film stars Rolf Lassgård, one of the most respected actors in Scandinavia, in the lead role as Ove, and in the supporting cast we find Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll, Stefan Gödicke, Klas Wiljergård, Poyan Karimi and Simon Edenroth. The film is produced by Annica Bellander Rune and Nicklas Wikström Nicastro.

Bamse and the city of Thieves

With more than 329.000 admissions, this animated adventure based on Rune Andréassons beloved 60’s comic hero Bamse – the Strongest Bear in the World is the third greatest animated film in Swedish film history. The film premiered in 2014 and was directed by Christian Ryltenius and produced by Jon Nohrstedt. The huge success is now being followed by the upcoming sequel Bamse and the Witch’s Daughter, with estimated premiere in December 2016.

Easy Money, I-III

The Easy Money-trilogy has to this date been seen by a whopping 1,2 million Swedish moviegoers, been sold to 120 countries and won four Guldbagge Awards. The first film was the main Swedish success of 2010 and was presented by Martin Scorsese at the American premier. Directors Daniel Espinosa and Babak Najafi has since moved on to make movies in Hollywood, just like the actors Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Fares Fares, Dragomir Mrsic and Martin Wallström.

Rita – Seasons 1-3

From the ashes of her troubled childhood rises Rita – unpredictable, politically incorrect, confrontational. A suburban Marie Antoinette, a middle-class Hugh Hefner. Not the easiest way to be when you are a school teacher; but the kids love her. For three seasons Rita has tickled audiences becoming a smash hit for SF Studios and Danish TV2.

Norskov

Police investigator Tom Noack returns to clean up the drug scene of his erstwhile home town Norskov. Before long Tom finds himself caught up in old intrigues struggling to navigate between his ambitious sister, his brother-in-law who is now the town’s mayor, his old flame and his childhood friend, who has turned big-shot entrepreneur. A highly original crime series Norskov was a breath of fresh air and a hit for Danish TV2 garnering an impressive cult following.

SEASIDE HOTEL

Set in the 1920s and 30s Seaside Hotel is the story of guests and staff at a beach hotel on the sandy dunes of the Danish North Sea coast. An event in Danish tv history Seaside Hotel has become one of the most widely seen and beloved tv-series of all time.

Silent Heart

Three generations gather for a final farewell to wife, mother and grandmother Esther. Esther's disease is worsening so alarmingly that she has decided to take her own life. As old conflicts start to surface it becomes ever harder for the daughters to deal with their mother’s decision. Academy and twice Palme d’Or winner Bille August’s emotional drama scooped up awards for best actress, best supporting actor, best script and best film in 2015 and was subsequently sold to a host of countries around the world.

The Wave

Norwegian disaster film The Wave, directed by Roar Uthaug, has been seen by impressive 800.000 moviegoers in Norway making it the third biggest film in Norway ever. The rights have been sold worldwide and in addition to this it was Norway’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award in 2015. The thriller based on the 1934 real-life tsunami in Norway’s Tafjord, which left 40 people dead, centers on a geologist trying to prevent a cataclysm when a mountain overlooking a popular Norwegian tourist destination begins to collapse into the ocean. The film was produced by Fantefilm Fiksjon in co-production with SF Studios. Photo by Fantefilm.

 

NEW RELEASES

 

 

Borg/McEnroe

Borg/McEnroe is a film of one of the world’s greatest icons Björn Borg and his biggest rival, the young and talented John McEnroe. It's a story of two men that became legends and the prize they had to pay. The film stars Swedish award winning actor Sverrir Gudnason as Borg, American actor Shia LaBeouf as his tennis court rival, John McEnroe. As Borg’s trainer, the legendary Lennart Bergelin, Swedish acclaimed actor Stellan Skarsgård returns for a major part in a Swedish film for the first time in almost ten years. Borg/McEnroe is directed by the multiple international award-winning Danish director Janus Metz (True Detective, Armadillo) and is penned by Ronnie Sandahl (writer and director of the internationally award-winning Swedish film Underdog (Svenskjävel, 2015).

 

BAMSE AND THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER

In Bamse and the Witch’s daughter a mean witch shows up with her daughter Lova. Lova wants to make friends, but when she meets the other children, they get off on the wrong foot. This is an adventure film that focuses on the importance of helping others, both with and without thunder-honey. The movie is directed by Christian Ryltenius, with Swedish voice direction by Maria Blom. The movie is now playing on theaters.

Heartstone

A remote shing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it's time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

ACROSS THE WATERS

Nicolo Donato’s period drama Across the Waters is set in Copenhagen, 1943. When rumours start to spread that the occupying German forces plan deportation of all Danish Jews, musician Arne Itkin manages in the knick of time to escape from Copenhagen with his wife and son. The citizens of the small fishing village Gilleleje secretly prepare to harbour all refugees heading their way, but when Arne and his family arrive along with a huge group of refugees, dangers increase by the minute as the Nazis are closing in.

 

IN DEVELOPMENT

We currently have an exciting pipe of productions in every stage of development, including the following few:

 

Alex

Alex is a fast-paced thriller series starring Dragomir Mrsic as the relentless police detective Alex. His unscrupulous and unorthodox ways finally meet the disapproval of his superiors and he is assigned a new partner, Frida Bento. Alex offers an intense plot, high stakes as well as complex and evolving characters. It is set in a dark and callous Stockholm where the criminal underworld is intruding more and more into the protected Swedish society. The screenplay is based on an idea by Mikael Cross and Dragomir Mrsic and is written by Michael Hjort. The series is produced by SF Studios. Photo by Stephanie Muster.

The Lawyer

SF Studios will produce a ten episode tv-drama, The Lawyer, for Viaplay and TV3, based on an original concept by the successful writers Jens Lapidus, Hans Rosenfeldt and Michael Hjort. The drama series will premiere on Viaplay and TV3 during the fall. The series tells the story of the very successful defense attorney Frank Nordling at one of Sweden’s top law firms. In his childhood Frank witnessed his parents murder and when he now finds out that the murderer is one of the top men in the criminal world of Copenhagen – and one of the law firms most important clients – he becomes obsessed with revenge. In his pursue of the perpetrator, Frank is deeply drawn into a highly dangerous game. The question is how far he is prepared to go to achieve justice. Alexander Karim will play the lead role.

The Hunters

SF Studios will produce The Hunters, an original six-episode crime thriller series for C More/TV4 with an exclusive launch during 2018. The series is a TV drama sequel to the box-office hits The Hunters (Jägarna) and False Trail (Jägarna II) with acclaimed actor Rolf Lassgård (Academy Award Nominee A MAN CALLED OVE) in the lead as crime detective Erik Bäckström. In the new series, Rolf Lassgård will once again portray the righteous, troubled and relentless Erik.

LASSEMAJA'S DETECTIVE AGENCY - THE FIRST MYSTERY

SF Studios are now shooting LASSEMAJA'S DETECTIVE AGENCY - THE FIRST MYSTERY. It is the fifth feature film based on Martin Widmarks's and Helena Willis's beloved books. The movie, starring Johan Rheborg and Jonas Karlsson, is directed by Josephine Bornebusch.

The Emigrants

SF Studios are now developing the Swedish epic The Emigrants, in which Kristina and Karl-Oskar emigrate from Småland to America in the nineteenth-century. The movie will be directed by Daniél Espinosa, known for titles such as Child 44 (2015), Safe House (2012) and Easy Money (2010). Petter Skavlan, Oscar-nominee for Kon-Tiki (2012), has written the screenplay, and the movie will be produced by Fredrik Wikström Nicastro in a joint production between SF Studios and Film Väst.

Man Divided

Presently in post production, Max Kestner’s Man Divided is the first Danish sci-fi drama in ages. In 2095, oceans are rising and all the freshwater is gone. Commander Fang Rung undergoes molecular fission in order to send his avatar Gordon back in time to the year 2015. Gordon goes searching for scientist Mona Lindkvist, whose groundbreaking research was lost before it could ward off the impending ecological disaster. When losing contact with Gordon, commander Fang Rung must travel back to 2015 to track him down before the riches of the Earth is irreparably damaged. It’s a race against time for the commander to save himself and the world.

 

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS

Our international ambitions in the coming years are already far in the making.

 

Easy Money

In this international production of the success story Easy Money I (Snabba Cash I, 2010), a business student fakes his way into the highest level of London society while secretly financing his lifestyle with a dangerous money laundering scheme. Producers are Fredrik Wikström Nicastro and Kris Thykier, and the screenplay is written by Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, Marcus Hinchey.

Horizon Line

SF has acquired the rights to an original screenplay written by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, authors of 10 Cloverfield Lane. Horizon Line is a thriller focusing on a couple who get lost during a routine flight across the Pacific. SF Studios will be producing the feature together with Fredrik Wikström Nicastro. Casting is currently underway.

I AM VICTOR

SF Studios has acquired the film rights for international best-selling Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø’s upcoming novel ”I am Victor”. The story is an entertaining thriller about Victor – a skilled but morally corrupt and narcissistic divorce settlement lawyer who finds himself framed for a series of brutal murders thus starting his own investigation to find the killer. Jo Nesbø’s crime novels have earned him countless international awards – most recently the prestigious Riverton Honor Prize - sold more than twenty million copies, and been translated into forty-seven languages. Award winning Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, Everest, The Oath) is attached to direct and the renowned writing duo Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (Skyfall, Casino Royale) is currently writing the screenplay. Fredrik Wikström Nicastro (The Snabba Cash Trilogy, Borg/McEnroe) has put the project together and will produce for SF Studios together with Baltasar Kormákur for Icelandic RVK Studios.